Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

We’ve written before about the WSIB’s new chronic mental stress policy and how it covers workplace harassment. The policy was an overdue addition to Ontario’s workers’ compensation regime, but a recent audit conducted by the WSIB shows that the rate of approved claims is abysmally low. According to the Toronto Star, the audit revealed that […]

Now that we’ve got a bit of snow here in Ontario, you may be itching to kick off winter with the first snowmobile ride of the season. But the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is reminding snowmobilers that although it’s tempting, none of the official OFSC trails are open yet. The safest thing to […]

Everyone knows the old expression, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” This expression was meant to discourage children from engaging themselves against teasing or name-calling.  The rhyme has endured as a timeless, common-sense wisdom. However, as the world evolved, that old advice (“just ignore it”) is becoming less […]

No one wants to imagine their child being injured in a car crash, but the statistics are clear and they indicate motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for children in Canada as 10,000 children are injured in collisions every single year. Everyone knows that car seats are important, but it is […]

Intrigue and mystery are not words that anyone expects or wants to hear associated with auto insurance, but unfortunately, these words seem to be appropriately applied to a recent case from the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) which is the body which adjudicates auto insurance disputes between insurers and claimants.  It is the “last stop” for […]

Every year in Ontario, thousands of workers are injured on the job.  Knowing what to do is not always clear and if you’ve hurt been and are in pain, it’s normal that you might not be thinking clearly. Here is a short guide on what to do if you’ve been hurt at work. Get first […]

Could Ontario finally be getting serious about real consequences for drivers who endanger pedestrians and cyclists? We’ve written before about penalties for drivers who hit pedestrians or other vulnerable road users and how the consequences are often grossly inadequate considering the injury or fatality they are responsible for. It’s been a while since Ontario last […]

All motor vehicle accidents can cause injury, but with such disparity in the size and weight of vehicles, collisions involving transport trucks are especially horrific. It is simple physics that in a match-up between passenger vehicle and tractor trailer, the smaller vehicle will take the bigger hit. According to new statistics from the OPP, there […]

In our last post we reiewed the WSIB’s new chronic mental stress policy. In today’s post, we will focus on traumatic mental stress in the workplace and the policies WSIB has in place to cover these types of injuries. Under WSIB Policy 15-03-02: Traumatic Mental Stress, you may have a valid claim for traumatic mental […]

Anyone who has experienced mental stress as a result of the condition of their workplace knows that this can be every bit as painful and debilitating as a physical injury.  Historically, however, the WSIB hasn’t always recognized or allowed claims for mental stress. As a result of this, for years, advocates called for an end […]